Thursday, 20 March 2014

Fwd: Music in hospitals gets funding boost




Press Release

20th March 2014





The National Foundation for Youth Music today announced grants totalling £3.5m to 69 music organisations around the country. This brings the total amount released this year to £9.2m. 

Youth Music supports music projects working with young people in challenging circumstances, from music-making for children in hospital settings, choirs featuring children in care, music mentoring in special schools and lullaby composition projects for young children with development delay. The charity currently supports over 400 projects across England, reaching out to more than 90,000 children and young people every year.


The latest grants will kick-start a range of new music projects including ones for young carers, children living in rural isolation and female victims of trafficking.

Music in hospital settings

London-based charity Key Changes has been awarded a grant of £46,500 to run music workshops on adolescent psychiatric intensive care wards with a national provider of adolescent in-patient psychiatric services. Specially trained professional musicians and producers will support patients aged 13 - 18 with song writing and music production as part of the hospitals' structured therapeutic timetables. The activities are designed to contribute to the young peoples' wellbeing and recovery through developing creative, communication, social and technical skills, improving confidence and self-esteem, and opening new pathways to musical opportunities in the community after discharge from hospital.

Peter Leigh says:  "We are thrilled that Youth Music is supporting this project which will provide positive activities for young people detained in hospital at a pivotal time in their lives. The work will build on a pilot service delivered on boys' and girls' wards in Woking which has already seen improvements in patients' engagement with therapeutic activities and brightened the mood of the wards. Expanding the geographic scope of the project will establish a unique perspective on the impact of music in adolescent in-patient care, and develop a valuable evidence base that can be shared with the health and social care sector."

The 'Musicians in Children's Hospitals' project run by OPUS Music Community Interest Company (CIC), has been awarded a grant of £97,800 to bring weekly music-making to the bedsides of children and young people at Derbyshire, Nottingham and Leicester Children's Hospitals as well as children's wards at Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield. Previous work by OPUS has demonstrated wide-ranging benefits for the patients, their visitors and staff.  Young patients who would otherwise miss out will now gain opportunities for self-expression, autonomy and musical education through regular music-making activity alongside OPUS Musicians.

Nick Cutts, Director of OPUS Music CIC, says: "We are delighted that Youth Music is supporting OPUS' development of our Music in Healthcare practice.  We have witnessed the wonderful impacts of music-making in children's hospitals over the past few years, a practice developed through European training partnerships led by the world renowned Musique & Santé in Paris.  We are looking forward to the continued exploration of hospitals as collaborative music-making venues, helping children and young people and their families to discover music as a relief from illness and as a long-term activity both during and beyond their hospitalisation."

Research indicates significant benefits

Research has shown that music interventions in hospital settings can have significant benefits. The results of a study by Indiana University School of Nursing published in January 2014 indicated positive outcomes for young cancer patients aged 11-24 who spent three weeks producing a music video. They found that patients were able to cope better with the difficulties presented by their medical condition and improved relationships with family and friends were also indicated.

Youth Music has also awarded grants to support Gloucester Music Makers research into how young children with cochlear implants experience sound and music. Artsdepot, London has received a grant to support their work with Noah’s Hospice, which has highlighted a lack of music provision for life-limited or life-threatened young people


There has been much public debate recently about regional funding allocations for the arts.

Youth Music grants are made available following an application process and are assessed on merit. The charity places a strong emphasis on its role as an intelligent funder, ensuring a fair distribution of funding throughout the regions of England. Over 45% of funded projects take place in the top 20% most deprived local authority areas.

Youth Music applies a regional allocation formula to its grant-making process which aims to provide an equitable balance of funding across the regionsThe funding does not merely relate to population densities but takes account of regional deprivation, ensuring that matters such as rural isolation and other geographical issues are taken into account.

Youth Music has also provided additional funding for its strategic ‘Musical Inclusion’ grant-holders, who are charged with identifying areas where there is little activity taking place (‘cold spots’), developing sustainable provision and working with emerging practitioners who are nurtured to deliver future activity.

Matt Griffiths, Youth Music’s Executive Director says: “We continue to do our best to target our funding where it is most needed. Part of this process is to ensure that we regularly update our information on where music provision is lacking geographically and to identify categories of young people in challenging circumstances who might otherwise miss out. In this round we have announced grants to help female survivors of child trafficking and others who suffer from severe psychiatric illness, along with young people living in rural isolation.  We wish all these projects well in delivering high-quality music making programmes that will have a very positive impact on these young people’s lives.”



PICS ATTACHED: (relevant permissions received)

Caption: Opus Musician Richard Kensington with young hospital patient


Caption: A patient taking part in a Key Changes music workshop



·         Youth Music funds a variety of work in hospital settings, including work in neo natal wards in Gloucestershire ( and in Derbyshire hospitals (provided by OPUS) (–-film-documenting-impacts-opus’-music-children’s-hospitals-)


·         More information on the research relating to the benefits of music on young cancer patients can be found at:


·         A BBC News report on this research can be found at:



·         Youth Music believes that music-making is life-changing and the charity wants the opportunity for music-making to be available to all children.   Every year, Youth Music provides more than 90,000 young people with the chance to take part in a local music project. 


·         Many of these children and young people face challenges in their lives including coping with disability, homelessness or living in care.  Others simply need help to develop their full musical talent and potential.


·         In addition to developing musical skills, Youth Music projects help young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives. Youth Music projects work across all music genres.


·         Youth Music currently supports over 400 music projects around the country


·         The charity knows that many more young people still need its help and continues to fundraise to realise its mission to ensure that all children and young people have access to life-changing music-making opportunities.


·         Find out more about the work of Youth Music by visiting



For enquiries about Youth Music please contact:


David O’Keeffe,

Media and PR Consultant,

Youth Music



T:   0207 902 1096

M:  07977 067576.



For further enquiries about Key Changes, please contact

Peter Leigh

General Manager

Key Changes



T:  020 7549 8172

M: 07985 249 398


OPUS Music Community Interest Company

For further enquiries about Opus Music, please contact

Nick Cutts


OPUS Music Community Interest Company



T:  01773 861630

M: 07786 157515




Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Fwd: FW: Call for artists | Jeunesses International VIOLIN Competition "Dinu Lipatti" 2015


22nd Jeunesses International VIOLIN Competition "Dinu Lipatti" 2015


Date: 16 - 23 May 2015

Place: Bucharest 

Age categories: 3 age categories - up to 14, 14-18, 18-30 years old 

Registration dead-line: 1st March 2015 – date of postmark at sender

Prizes: In a total amount of 10,000 Euro, consisting in money, instruments or scholarships 


In case more informative materials are needed, please offer the promo page with all the necessary information for multiplication, to all those interested, or send it in a digital format.

For further details please visit or contact us !


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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Call for papers: Creativities, Musicalities, Entrepreneurships

Dr Evangelos Himonides
Institute of Education
University of London

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Date: 7 March 2014 09:49
Subject: CFP for a London conference
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Hi Evangelos, 

Hoping all is well with you. 

I have attached and pasted below the CFP for a conference being hosted by my institution in late summer. If you think it relevant, I would be really grateful if you could please share this via your networks. 

All best,


Call for papers: Creativities, Musicalities, Entrepreneurships


The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is hosting its third biennial international conference, in partnership with the Art of Management and Organization. The event will take place at the Institute’s London campus from 4th to 6th September 2014.


The discourse of artists as entrepreneurs has become commonplace in recent years, perhaps especially in higher education, but there is less discussion of entrepreneurs as artists. Notions of what it is to be musical are increasingly challenged by narrow notions of success and the rise of celebrity (Smith 2013). Writers such as Peter Cook in The Music of Business (2012), Richard Sennett (2012), Peter Gloor (2006) and Cartwright, Gillett & Smith (2014) have begun to expand the discourse between these intimately interconnected domains. The time is right to explore creativities, musicalities and entrepreneurships in a vibrant, collaborative environment.


The Institute’s Research Committee invites proposals for spoken papers, performances, workshops, posters, and symposia from across business and the arts, on themes including, but not be limited to:


·       Notions of “creativities”, “musicalities” and “entrepreneurships”

·       Careers in, around, and including the arts

·       Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality, diversity, and collaboration

·       Innovation, and digital media engagement.

·       Entrepreneurship and education

·       Conceptions and constructions of the creative in education


Scholars, graduate students, performance groups, artists, private-sector and social entrepreneurs are invited to submit proposals by the deadline of 8th April 2014. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 1st May 2014.


Keynote presenters include Pamela Burnard, Reader in Education and Bye Fellow of Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Other Keynote presenters, TBC, will speak on areas of entrepreneurship, music and creativity.


Following the conference, participants will be invited to submit full-length papers to be considered for inclusion in a special issue of peer-reviewed multi-media online journal Organizational Aesthetics, edited by Gareth Dylan Smith, the conference Chair.


Please submit abstracts via:


All submissions will be reviewed by two members of the review panel, comprising:

Dr Gareth Dylan Smith (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance)

Prof Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

Dr Jenna Ward (DeMontfort University)

Dr Kimberly Campanello (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance)

Mark Hunter (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance)

Tom Parkinson (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance)


For a flavour of the Institute’s 2012 conference – “Rock and Roles: Sociology and Philosophy of Popular Music Education” – please follow this link to a short documentary video:


Registration fee and early-bird date TBA

Follow us on Twitter at @CMEconference

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

CFP: Street Music: An International Conference, 8-9 December 2014, Monash University Law Chambers


Call for Papers


Street Music: An International Conference


8-9 December 2014: Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne, Australia


Convened by Dr Paul Watt, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University



Confirmed invited speakers:

1.     Professor Bruce Johnson, Macquarie University/University of Turku/University of Glasgow

2.     Professor Carolyn Stevens, Monash University


About the Conference

For centuries, the street has been a site for making music. Itinerant musicians, street-vendors, buskers and beggars have played, sung, chanted, whistled, eavesdropped, stolen and improvised music on or near streets. Travel writers, novelists and ethnographers have attempted to capture the music of the street in various forms, while the police, moral reformers, and governments have sought to control, regulate and sometimes legislate against the noise of streets arising from musical activity.


‘Street Music: An International Conference’ will be of interest not only to music scholars in the broad fields of musicology and ethnomusicology but also to scholars of literary and cultural studies, communications, urban planning and sociology covering any historical or geographical context.


Suggested topics could include (but are not limited by):


1.     Definitions of the street music and parameters and paradigms such definitions suggest especially in non-Western contexts

2.     Relationship between street musicians and other musicians such as theatre musicians

3.     Legislation (historical) that aimed to silence street music and musicians

4.     Legislation (contemporary) that aims to regulate the street musician, parades, community festivals, etc.

5.     Repertory including song and vocalizations such as humming and whistling

6.     Representation of the street musician and music in the visual arts

7.     Role that ethnographers (past and present) have played in the capturing of street sounds

8.     Child / teen musicians: training and exploitation

9.     Street cries

10.  Instruments used and adapted for street performance and / or improvisation

11.  Endangered street music

12.  Role of shopping malls and supermarkets in exploiting recorded sound in the street

13.  Flashmobs




Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be sent to Dr Paul Watt ( by 1 June 2014.


Individual papers should be 20 minutes with ten minutes allocated for questions.


Proposals for roundtables are encouraged and should comprise a chair and three presenters who will each speak for 20 minutes. The chair of a panel may also be one of the presenters.


(Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should be limited to one paragraph. Abstracts should not include references, citations or lists and are to be submitted in Word with the presenters’ last name as the file title.)


The Abstracts Committee will advise of acceptance of papers by 1 July.


All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication (in a revised and expanded format, and subject to peer review) for a book with a major scholarly publisher.


Abstracts Committee

Dr Paul Watt (chair)

Dr Joel Crotty

Professor Margaret Kartomi

Dr Jonathan McIntosh

Dr Adrian McNeil

Alison Rabinovici


The conference is supported by the

·      Monash University Research Accelerator Program

·      Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University


Conference Website



Dr Paul Watt

Lecturer in Musicology

Coordinator of Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Research


Sunday, 2 March 2014

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #19

England: Sistema England’s latest edition of Ensemble is available here: and a great interview with Julian Lloyd Webber here


Canada: Thanks to David Visentin for sending this link, which got Sistema Toronto’s 2014 off to a good start with this great story about his program that aired on Toronto's CBC TV. 


Tina Fedeski in Ottawa has a new website: visit  for more information on upcoming events; exciting blog posts by our OrKidstra Kids; how you can Play Your Part!; and much more!

USA: LA Take a Stand was also inspiring See March 2014 ‘The Ensemble’ (copy attached) which has reports from several of those who attended.


Australia: Thanks to Eric Booth, for bringing notice of the Second International Teaching Artist Conference to our attention.


ISME 2014 World Conference on Music Education

  • Registration for ISME 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil is now open. Please visit the ISME 2014 Conference Website for registration.
  • Early Bird fees are available up to 31st March 2014.
  • Those members who submitted presentation proposals should have received an e-mail by 28th February 2014 advising them whether or not they are invited to present.
  • Hotel suggestions, along with some negotiated discounts, are available here or from the ISME 2014 Conference Website (simply click on the Travel and Accommodation link.
  • ISME members are entitled to register up to four "accompanying persons" for the conference - these are people who wish to travel to Porto Alegre with an ISME member and who are permitted to attend the opening and closing ceremonies and some of the concerts during the conference, but are not permitted to attend any of the actual conference sessions - presentations, workshops, etc.
  • Group membership entitles one representative of the group to attend the conference; please spread the word about registration to your members, advising them that they will need to become individual ISME members to register for the conference.
  • Your confirmation of registration should act as the invitation letter that might be necessary for visa application or any funding applications. However, if you need anything further from ISME to assist you in being able to attend the conference then do not hesitate to get in touch through

Commission seminar registrations will open over the next couple of weeks - watch Facebook, Twitter and the ISME website for details. A postcard will also be mailed when they become available.



Richard J Hallam MBE

Chair ISME Sistema SIG 2012/2014

mobile 07850 634 239

phone 01908 690078




Dear IMC members,


We had already informed you earlier on this event but we hope you don’t mind this little reminder and additional information: please disseminate it among your networks!


Many thanks in advance for your kind collaboration.


Kind regards,

Silja Fischer



Chers membres du CIM,


Nous vous avions déjà informés sur cet événement il y a quelques jours, cependant, nous espérons que vous appréciez ce petit rappel qui est accompagné d’informations supplémentaires : merci de les diffuser au sein de vos réseaux !


En vous remerciant pour votre coopération.



Silja Fischer


Silja Fischer | Secretary General | International Music Council  | Conseil international de la musique | Maison de l'UNESCO | 1 rue Miollis | 75732 Paris cedex 15 | France |

Tel. +33 1 45 68 48 50  | Fax  +33 1 45 68 48 66 | Email: | Web:


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Le 6 mars prochain, le Comité de liaison ONG-UNESCO, en partenariat avec l’UNESCO, organise une journée avec 10 porteurs de projets, issus des cinq continents, qui sont invités à présenter leur démarche à des centaines de jeunes au Siège de l’UNESCO, en salle I, de 11h00 à 18h00.


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